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 A boy and his spoon head off to do some mixing.

November 1985 – young Sam, who is now six foot eight, starts to walk.

 Last night, in the same hippo suit, young Eli gets ready.

 February 1982, Anna, now a mother giving bottles herself, with her grandmother.

Last night, Eli with his grandfather.

Moving beyond this orgy of family memorabilia – here’s an important petition, involving the revolting Fox “News” north. Please take heed.

Today’s quote, from a review in the “Star,”and something I tell my students all the time: 
“A good story is real life with the boring parts cut out.”

And finally, today’s chuckle: a delightful word from “Word a day” – I hope this makes you laugh as it did me, on this dark February night:


noun: A word or phrase resulting from mishearing a word or phrase, especially in song lyrics. For example:
“The girl with colitis goes by” for “The girl with kaleidoscope eyes” in the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”.
Coined by author Sylvia Wright when she misinterpreted the line “laid him on the green” as “Lady Mondegreen” in the Scottish ballad “The Bonny Earl of Murray”. Earliest documented use: 1954.
“Since I live in Thailand, the most meaningful mondegreen for me was my own mishearing of a line from The Jam’s Eton Rifles. Instead of the correct ‘What chance do you have against a tie and a crest?’, for years I heard ‘What chance do you have against a Thai in a dress?'”
Richard Watson Todd; Much Ado about English; Nicholas Brealey Publishing; May 1, 2007.



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